I’m to blame for the BP oil spill.
Actually, chances are you share the blame too. While I didn’t do anything to cause the oil spill that is threatening gulf coast shores, estuaries and wildlife I do use oil and oil-based products every day. I drive 20 miles to the nearest DART station then use DART light rail to get to downtown Dallas. I paid for the ride using a credit card and walk to the office on shoes with rubber soles. Then I drink coffee that had to be shipped in on boats and/or trucks and type on a keyboard made of plastic while looking at two different computer monitors. That’s all before 7:15 am.
Let’s face it, the broken rig that is causing the oil to spill into the gulf wouldn’t be there if I, we, the USA, the world, didn’t have an insatiable appetite for oil. Gasoline/fuel is one of the major users of oil that we all know about. However, there are far more oil-based products we use. A random sampling is below.
- Guitar strings
- Golf bags
- Credit cards
- Food preservatives
- Electric blankets
I’m not calling for a boycott of oil-based products or anything like that, just taking an introspective view on the mess that is happening in the Gulf.